Saturday, September 2, 2017

stories need room to breathe

What stories are living inside you?
What tales lies resting, waiting to be awoken
in the arrangement of your bones
or the curve of your brow
and through your fingers that speak in tongues?
Which poems are writ on the manuscript of your skin?
What are the names of those who have etched their memory
on the chamber walls of your heart?
What image has your wildest hope carved
on the insides of your eyelids?
What makes you soar?
What wings have found their way
to the deepest recesses of your imagination?
And to which destination are they leading you?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Confessions - dreams

To stand on the lip of a volcano
To watch a hundred sunrises
through the beads of morning dew
To have faith and see it bear fruit
To see, and feel with the heart
To let go of the wildfire of desire
or learn to live with it in peace
To break the catharsis of comfort
To tear down the walls of idle thought
To see with new eyes
as though newly born or
recently cured of blindness
To care, as though never hurt or scarred
To break the spell of the ego
To develop a heart with the sensitivity of an eardrum
To cast off the shackles of doubt
and shadows of delusion
To be free of hesitation when faced
with that which the heart confirms
To love, as though unrequited
yet not become bitter or distant
To let love guide your course
yet remain your own person
To love with more depth and less attachment
How can I love you better?
Without making my loving you contingent
on how and when and in which ways
you love me back?
To hear sounds that make you glad to be alive
To sip and savor gratitude
To become utterly consumed
and enthralled by the Copernicus of beauty
yet still keep one eye sober
To be able to see anyone, no matter how invisible
and hear any story, no matter how quiet
To feel another's pain
To live with your own
To greet it at the door
like an undesirable relative
yet still welcome it as a guest
No guest stays forever
and everything eventually returns

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

i and i

it has been some time
that the thought of death
has visited nor called
or i have not answered
i can't remember
the last time i felt closely
the beating of my heart

it is as if i have forgotten
all the little details of my family home
the lines creasing my grandmother's forehead
the taste of fresh fallen rain through the open window
the perfume of simmering rice
my sister's laughter
my father's stories
my mother's patience

a lifetime ago
i picked up a pen
and wrote on a blank page
what was I looking for?
love? self-understanding?
with whose voice was I speaking?
not mine
not then, not now

it has been some time
that i have listened to that urge
that first stirred me to write
a lifetime ago

it is not i who writes
it is a part of i
and i am a part of i

what do i say to myself now
after one lifetime
what does the part of i now
say to i now and a part of i then?
what stories to share?
what wisdom to relinquish/turn over?

there is no one listening but us
what half truths and lies am i willing to give up?
either i live and die this way
or i release myself from falsehoods i sustain

That Which Lies Inside

There are seasons inside us
Whole continents, deep seas
Sun soaked stone, damp undergrowth
Vast stretches of undiscovered rainforest
There is a Himalayan mountain range
inside you, an unconquered Everest
There are five oceans inside me
Yet I am bound to the mouth of one stream
There are two poles at the center of my heart
There are places within me perpetually frozen
Where winter waits most of the year
before releasing Persephone
There is a Sun in the nucleus of your heart
Between its beats, there are days and nights
There are seas, valleys and lakes in your eyes
There are forests in your interiors blanketed by moonlight
Beneath the sea level of the surface of your gaze
There are worlds deep within us
unfamiliar with the stars
And strangers to the dawn though we may be
We have not forgotten the language of light
For within the perpetual darkness of the deep sea
It is in bioluminescence that we speak

untitled p III

Time is not always linear
It is still 1984
The great war is ongoing
My parents have yet to fall in love
I still believe the world is flat
and the sun and stars revolve around earth
I am still a pagan
The last ice age has not yet ended
I am still an ape
I am that ape waiting for the evolutionary leap
that caught some of my predecessors but somehow missed me
I am a pagan ape
still waiting to evolve
still waiting to exist

Confessions - freewrites p II

Can a thought be unwinded, or unthought?
Does matter return to thought at some point?
A thought, a dream, perhaps the entire universe
is a conception of the sleeping God's mind
Maybe God, wanting to be known
dreamed all of this into being
and we are all figments and silken filaments
of the Divine's imagination
which is more Real than our waking realities
Perhaps God sleeps an eternity as we do an evening
and when God wakes from that life-giving slumber
It knows itself that much more through Its creations
the gateway to life and existence as we know it
the dreamscape that we call the Universe
Eternity is one evening
The Universe--God's dreaming
Beauty is apparent everywhere
but perpetually submerged in shadows
maybe that's why our world can appear so dark
and why we can't draw perfect circles
and why we are so forgetful
and why we need to be reminded of the light
because we exist on the dark side of God's imagination
we are in Plato's cave, enthralled by the shadows
of Beauty and Truth, but having never known them
in the full light of day, and maybe death is only that
a stepping out into color from a cave of shadows
maybe death is simply a dream-riddled night
turning into a full day, maybe death is an instrument
of Divine alchemy, as the figments of Divine imagination
metamorphose into reality, because it is the gateway
through which we pass from night to day
imagination to realization, slumber to wakefulness
Death is simply the end of a dream
but nothing in a dream really dies
it is the shadow of life that imagines and fears death
it is the shadow of life that imagines and fears
the end of the dreaming, for in the wake of death
dream filaments and sleeping potential
turn into the realization of existence

confessions - regression

And where was Awe?
There was only I
So much of it there was no room for anything else
let alone Awe, which requires high ceilings
or no ceilings at all, and where was I?
The truth is I don't know
I would like to say on the cusp of something
or the verge or threshold
but there is nothing, I slept through my dreams
and they really became dreams; forgotten.
I was in myself, on my self
there was no room for anything else
when you become so consumed
in something so small as oneself.
Where was I going? Where am I going?
with this body, worse for wear with each year
Where am I going?!
Bewildering to realize that is the question
you ask yourself
Not where Awe is, that is established.